Football agent or intermediary?
The licensing system for agents ceased to exist on 1st April 2015 and was replaced by the concept of intermediaries in accordance with the FIFA regulations on working with intermediaries.
The new system provides a framework for tighter control and supervision of the transactions relating to transfer of football players with the aim being to improve transparency. To achieve this, minimum standards and requirements were introduced, as well as a registration system for intermediaries who represent players and/or clubs in concluding employment contracts and transfer agreements.
Registering as an intermediary
Individuals and companies who want to carry out ‘intermediary activity’ as defined under the Football Association’s Regulations on Working with Intermediaries (including entering into a representation contract with a client) must be registered with the FA as intermediaries beforehand.
The intermediary registration process is accessible via the FA Whole Game System. You will need to obtain a FAN (FA Number) and password to start the registration process. You can obtain a FAN by >clicking here.
Working with minors
Applicants who want to work with minors (whether representing minors or representing clubs in respect of minors) need to upload an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (or equivalent disclosure for applicants domiciled overseas) which will be reviewed by the FA.
This can also be submitted for review any time after you have completed your initial registration. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks need to be applied for through the FA specifically for the position of intermediary and checks obtained otherwise will not be accepted.
Registering a company as an intermediary
People intending to register a company as an intermediary need to register themselves as intermediaries first to access the option to register the company through their online access.
Individuals and companies will be charged £500 (+VAT) for their initial one-year registration period (this initial registration fee will be waived for those individuals who were FA licensed agents as at 31st of March 2015). This registration needs to be renewed and maintained to continue conducting intermediary activity. The FA will charge £250 (+VAT) for every annual renewal.
Test of good character and reputation
Individuals must declare that they comply with the criteria of the test of good character for intermediaries upon registration. They must confirm they continue to meet those criteria every time they carry out intermediary activity in relation to a transaction.
Players using an intermediary must have a written representation contract in place. They should make sure they receive a copy of the contract and that it is dated and signed by both parties. A player’s contract with an intermediary should be for a period of no more than two years. The FA has published a standard player/intermediary representation contract and a standard club/intermediary representation contract. These standard contracts are compliant with both the FA and FIFA’s regulations on intermediaries. Intermediaries, players and clubs should either use these standard contracts or insert the provisions of these standard contracts into their own templates.
FIFA’s regulations on working with intermediaries recommend fees paid to intermediaries to be limited to 3% of the player’s basic gross income or of the transfer compensation. Any payments made to intermediaries acting on behalf of underage players are strictly banned.
Conflicts of interest
Players and clubs must ensure that no conflicts of interest exist when taking on an intermediary. If the intermediary discloses in writing any conflict of interest and obtains the written consent of all parties involved before negotiations start, no conflict of interest will be deemed to exist.